Society of Homeopaths and PSA accreditation

The Society of Homeopaths has achieved PSA accreditation. Andy Lewis explains at:

This accreditation purely about being competent to keep a registrar. It is not about efficacy of homeopathy. But Andy is right. Perception is everything, and the public need to be made more fully aware that homeopathy is junk (that placebo is at play), and that PSA accreditation actually has no bearing whatsoever with regard to medical treatments.

Novella on ASA and Homeopathy

Following the ASA’s judgment on misleading advertising by homeopaths, Steven Novella provides his analysis on the judgment.

As Novella mentions, it’s probably a good idea to remind ourselves of Gorski’s article on why it is important that rigorous controls are maintained on all treatments and why we should not fall for a seemingly harmless “What’s the harm?” argument:

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2013

Baroness Warsi becomes Minister for Faith and Communities

Not sure how I missed this one:

I’d already blogged at that Warsi is not a force for good:

She wants irrationality to become ubiquitous. She stands for all that is backwards and medieval in thinking and outlook. It is perhaps the religious like her that are the real danger to civilisation.

Jerry A. Coyne’s Feb 2012 article on Warsi is well worth a read:

I wonder what more garbage will spew from her mouth and the harm she will cause.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2012

Homeopathy is witchcraft. Does not cure whooping cough.

Dr Steven Novella describes some nonsense from the homeopathy community who were promoting homeopathic “treatments” for whooping cough:

Some people argue that, even if homeopathic treatments don’t cure, at least they don’t harm. Well, that’s nonsense as well. Use of homeopathic “treatments” often discourages the patient from seeking proper medical care. The above article, and the website What’s the harm? explain quite clearly.

A related article is:

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2012

Chicken pox parties – it’s dangerous and immoral

Abbie Smith of erv fame did a talk on immunology and vaccines at the Oklahoma Freethought Convention 2011. She also explained very clearly why the so-called “pox parties” are dangerous. It was a very interesting and educational talk especially as it was only a few days before when I had first heard of “pox parties”. It is clear, though, that a significant number of people are unaware of the dangerous of this unneeded and irresponsible activity:

There does seem to be an information-gap within those who are defending pox parties. They need to be informed and hopefully that will convince the vast majority. But I recognise that there will be a significant proportion of people who will refuse to accept reason and will take refuge in their own fantasies with the resultant harm that can cause. Sigh.

Anyway, here’s  Abbie Smith’s talk on YouTube:

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2011

Murderous advice of homeopaths

Quackometer article that describes “the depths of the murderous advice being handed out by homeopaths in Kenya”.

And the article makes it clear that the Society of Homeopaths are complicit. Again we find the “deluded and superstitious practices of homeopathy” are directly responsible for harm. A tragedy, a scandal.

Note: scientific understanding not only shows the implausibility of homeopathy theory but, critically, high-quality trials have shown that homeopathic treatments are nothing more than a placebo.

Also read:

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2011

The end of gods

Why Evolution is True has an interesting article Eric MacDonald on natural selection, purpose, and the problem of evil. That article goes on to link to MacDonald’s article which describes how evolution, through natural selection, indicates that the concept of a god, or gods, is a human conceit, a folly.

Of particular interest to me are Coyne’s and MacDonald’s concerns over the direction that NCSE seems to be taking. NCSE’s goal are to promote evolution but they’re trying not to offend the religious in the process. I can see NCSE’s point of view as that may be the only way that they can get the message through. Conversely, such an “accommodationist” approach may give a mixed message and falsely colour the insights that evolution behooves us to face. I agree with Coyne and MacDonald and, although I recognise and sympathise with NCSE’s approach, I think that NCSE may cause more harm in the long run. But that’s just my view.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2011

CBC Marketplace programme on homeopathy

The CBC recently aired a “Marketplace” programme on homeopathy. By all (credible!) accounts it was a very good piece of investigation and exposé of homeopathy. Two articles worth reading are:

These are the CBC videos on YouTube:

Part 1
Part 2

I think that the programme should have emphasised the results from clinical trials rather than the lack of active ingredients in homeopathic treatments. It is clinical trials that indicate if an hypothesis is correct, and homeopathy fails big time; there is no doubt in the results. Still, good programme.

Science, through proper clinical trials, has shown that homeopathy is nothing more than a placebo, and homeopaths are ignoring such evidence. Homeopathy is not a mystery; it’s a placebo. What is a mystery is why this nonsense gets so much support; homeopaths keep pushing their pills and sometimes at the expense of real medicine, causing harm in the process. That mother giving homeopathic treatments in lieu of real vaccinations should be reported for child abuse. And treatment for cancer? It certainly seems that homeopaths are unethical.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2011